Removing calcium build-up from your sink is probably one of the toughest and most hazardous tasks in your cleaning routine. It doesn’t come off by simply wiping it off. Even after wiping for what can seem as forever, sometimes calcium build-up just won’t come off your sink! You could try using hazardous chemicals such as CLR or Muriatic Acid to clean your kitchen sink, but why expose yourself to such toxic and possibly deadly chemicals? Why not use an ingredient that is accesible to get at your local grocery store, and probably already have in your kitchen cupboard? Yes, I am talking about vinegar. The acidic content in vinegar is strong enough to clean your sink, yet is non-hazardous for you and your family.
In order to start removing calcium build-up from your sink, you’ll need to start by getting your supplies ready. These will include:
Step one: Take the bowl, put the rag in it and pour vinegar generously until the rag is completely saturated.
Step two: Dry your sink completely from any liquid prior to applying the vinegar, as you don’t want the effects of the vinegar to be minimized by diluting it with any other liquid substance.
Step three: Apply the vinegar by draping the rag around the affected area and press it in, making sure it has contact all around. If necessary, pour vinegar over the rag to make sure it is extra concentrated.
Step four: Let the vinegar soak in and remove the rag after an hour or so. We recommend that you try this when you start cleaning your bathroom, or kitchen, and let it soak as you proceed to do the other areas of the room, coming back to simply wipe it off at the end.
In some instances, where your calcium build-up is more severe, you will need to scrub it after removing the rag. An old kitchen sponge will come in handy for this process. Avoid using a new sponge, as a new one may scratch your faucet. Finally, remove all the loose residue with a clean wet rag. If you find that not all of the calcium came off after a good scrubbing, repeat the process the next time you do your bathroom or kitchen sink. By the second try, most, if not all, of the calcium build-up will be gone. There you have it! A beautiful, shiny sink, no longer covered by that unappealing calcium buildup.
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Learn to clean green by reading our blog! Welcome to Pure Cleaning Agency’s new and improved blog and thank you for taking the time to visit and see what we have to say. This blog is intended to help you maintain a clean home, the safest, eco-friendly way possible. Wether you plan to clean your own home, or would like to hire one of our friendly cleaning experts to do it for you, in our weekly blog we will be focusing on different techniques on how to clean your home using the non-toxic ingredients you already have at home.
Not only will our blog help you to have a safe environment, our goal is to also save you a few dollars by not having to go buy all of the cleaning products that may cause you and your family harm. As well as to save you time from shopping for cleaning products by using ingredients that you already have at home! You will be amazed at how well the natural cleaning products you have at home work. And to think that you never knew you had them! Our blog entries will range from making all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, wood floor cleaners and so much more!
We would love to hear your feedback! If you have any questions or suggestions on how to improve our blog or make a cleaning product from scratch for any task you have at home, feel free to email us your comment and we will do our best to find your solution and/or feature it on one of our upcoming blog entries. We will be writing a weekly blog and maybe your suggestion could be featured in one of them! Again, thank you for visiting our blog and don’t forget to come back to check out all of our wonderful green cleaning tips.
And remember, always Stay Green!
The year is flying by, and the Holidays will soon be upon us and we can’t think of a better way of getting ready, than by sharing some of our green cleaning tips for your kitchen. Feel free to use one, or all if you get inspired! If cleaning just isn’t for you, or you prefer to leave it to the pros, be sure to give us a call or contact us for a free estimate.
Counter tops and surfaces: Mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and 4 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Stir it and let it sit for a minute before adding warm water. Shake it and add a few drops of essential lemon oil if desired. Use this mixture to wipe down counter tops, appliance surfaces, etc. You can even use this to wipe down the inside of your refrigerator to leave it disinfected and clean.
Garbage disposal: Start by removing any large pieces of food, and make sure you don’t have any spoons stuck inside. Place a lemon, perhaps one you just used to make some lemonade, inside the disposal. In a small container, mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar, 2 cups of water and ¼ of a cup of baking soda. Run the disposal and begin pouring your mixture over the lemon. You can skip the mixture and just grind the lemon with water occasionally to keep your kitchen and your garbage disposal smelling fresh and clean.
Sink: This step can ideally be done after cleaning out your garbage disposal. Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts, ½ a cup of baking soda, and ¼ of a cup of liquid dish soap. Use this paste to scrub your sink with a kitchen scrubbing brush (or an old toothbrush). Rinse out and enjoy the sparkle.
Dishwasher: Disassemble and clean the removable pieces with a mixture of half water, half distilled white vinegar and a few drops of dishwashing soap. With the same mixture, use a cloth to wipe down the interior of the washer, making sure to remove any stuck on food and debris. You can even use a Q-tip to clean the crevices. For any stuck on grim, use a toothbrush with a baking soda paste (2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar). Reassemble all of the parts back into the dishwasher. Place 2 cups of Distilled white vinegar at the bottom of the dishwasher, along with a few drops of dish soap, and run on low. Stop midwash and soak for about half an hour (or overnight if you prefer) then finish the cycle. Finally, don’t forget to wipe the exterior with your vinegar, water and soap mixture.
Microwave Oven: Mix 2 cups of water and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar in a heat proof container. Place it in the microwave and run it for about 4 to 5 minutes, until about half of your solution has evaporated. Let this sit and cool in the microwave for about 10 minutes, without opening the door. This will allow the steam to penetrate and loosen up any baked on grim. Be careful when removing the container as it may still be too hot to handle. Once the microwave is empty, take a clean kitchen sponge and sprinkle it with a little baking soda. Use it to easily remove any stains and baked on grim. Finally, take a damp cloth and wipe microwave inside and out. Repeat this step if necessary.
Oven: Mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar with ¼ of a cup of powdered laundry soap and make a paste. Heat the oven to 350 degrees for 5 minutes and turn it off. Spread the paste on the grimy surfaces, especially on greasier spots, and let it sit for 1 hour. You can scrape the pasta off with a plastic spatula and the grime with come with it. Follow by spraying with your surface cleaner (like the one recommended above) and then wiping off with a damp cloth to remove any product. Repeat this step as needed.
Hardwood Floors: Mix ½ cup of lemon juice, ¾ cup of olive oil and 1 gallon of hot water. Make sure never to saturate the floors with water, wring the mop out thoroughly. You should never splatter the mixture/water directly on the floor as this may cause damage to your hardwood floors. We recommend placing a towel/rag underneath your bucket in order to prevent any spills. Make sure to finish up by drying the floors, either with a clean, dry mop or and old t-shirt/rag.
Tile Floors: Mix 2 cups of water, 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 2 cups of rubbing alcohol, 6-8 drops of dish soap, and if desired, 10 drops of essential lemon oil. Be careful not to exceed the amount of dish soap in your mixture or you may cause the floors to become sticky. Once you have mopped and cleaned your floors with this solution, be sure to rinse out your mop and clean the floors once more with just water. Feel free to dry them with an old t-shirt/rag or let them air dry.
And remember, always Stay Green!